NFLPA Not Rushing to Resolve Anthem Issue Before Start of Season
The NFLPA wants closure on the situation, not to simply meet a contrived deadline.
We know the 2018 NFL season will begin on September 6 at Lincoln Financial Field.
What we don’t know is what will happen on the field beforehand during the national anthem.
And, based on what the head of the NFL Players Association said, as reported by The Undefeated, it seems pretty likely it will stay that way up until kickoff and beyond.
DeMaurice Smith said the NFLPA is not concerned with resolving its ongoing dialogue with the NFL regarding the anthem by the “contrived deadline” of the start of the season. Instead, the NFLPA’s executive director wants the situation to be resolved once and for all and is willing to take as much time as needed for that to happen, possibly the entire season if necessary.
“I don’t believe we should have a drop-dead day,” Smith said. “These are intractable issues that players feel passionately about. It’s issues of race. It’s issues of inequality. It’s issues of criminal reform and social justice reform. Now, I certainly understand the mentality of some people in the league who think that things should begin and things should end.”
“Colin and Eric … should be in the National Football League. One hundred percent,” Smith said. “Do I believe that they are being unfairly targeted by the league? Yes. And that’s not only what we believe. That’s why we support them and why we’ve been working closely with their lawyers. They should be playing football. Without a doubt.”
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